• Leisurely fall afternoons exploring unique shops ✔️
  • Endless cycling trails glowing with amazing autumn colours ✔️
  • Time in the orchard with the apple of your eye ✔️

Just a stone’s throw from Hamilton and only about 7 km apart, getting to know the towns of Dundas and Ancaster makes for a very pleasant way to spend a fall afternoon.

Take It Outside

This part of Ontario has seemingly endless miles of cycling trails, and a very bike-friendly culture has bubbled up as a result. Cyclists will want to bring along their bikes, but will likely be tempted to do a little browsing at area bike shops like Freewheel Cycle, Dundas Speed Shop and Ancaster Cycle before or after their ride. The Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail offers a beautiful fall ride on an almost entirely off-road 32-km trail that runs through the Niagara Escarpment.

Do Something Unexpected

The Carnegie Gallery in Dundas has been inspiring fine art and craft for four decades. See why this unassuming gallery attracts over 20,000 visitors each year.

Stock The Trunk With Fall Flavours

Ancaster’s Carluke Orchards has been perfecting their pick-your-own apple experience since 1965. In addition to 13 varieties of apples, the farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins. There’s also an onsite bakery that offers 14 different kinds of fruit pies and nine different cookies for delicious day trip snacking!

If your travels take you through Dundas on a Thursday, be sure to visit the Dundas Farmer’s Market, which runs from 3 pm to 7 pm at the corner of Hatt Street and Dundas Lane. Ancaster’s Farmers’ Market is held on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Score One-of-a-kind Finds

Those who love to cook will adore scouring the shops of Dundas for ingredients and gadgets. Can’t-miss foodie favourites include Picone Fine Food, The Keeping Room, Cumbrae’s and Weir’s Lane Lavender and Apiary.

Weir's Lane Lavender and Apiary

Sip Something New

Brewers Blackbird, in Ancaster, is a new addition to Hamilton Halton Brant’s thriving craft beer scene and definitely worth checking out. In Dundas, Shawn and Ed Brewing Company serves up one-of-a-kind brews in a lovingly restored curling rink!

Settle In For A Tasty Meal

A delicious earth-to-table meal in a dining room built to overlook a waterfall is a fall foodie must, and Ancaster Mill is the place to do it. In Dundas, Quatrefoil’s contemporary French cuisine has been creating buzz for a decade!

Explore A Little More

For additional ideas for your Dundas and Ancaster adventure, find suggestions at Shop Ancaster Village and Downtown Dundas. Extend your trip by navigating a little farther afield in the nearby communities of Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.

Find new ways to play in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall. Explore available experiences, take advantage of special offers and discover the amazing events that will be taking place while you’re in town.

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Puddicombe Estate Winery Tour: Wine Maker’s Special Tasting

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1468 HWY 8, Winona, ON, L8E 5K9

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Steam Museum After Dark – Family Flashlight Tour

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

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Ghost Walks: Hermitage Ruins

Ghost Walks

82 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1A9

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Woodland Cultural Centre – Virtual Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

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156 Parkdale Ave N, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 5X2

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Teen & Adult Art Workshops with Stephanie Schirm

Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios

515 Main Street, Glen Williams, ON, L7G 3S9

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Ghost Walks: Downtown Hamilton Tour

Ghost Walks

82 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1A9

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Road to the Ridge: Taste of the Escarpment

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

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Into the Vault: Lunch & Learn

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

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Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

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